Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Perera, Gunaratne return to Sri Lanka ODI squad v India

Delhi air quality dips as pollution spikes; NGT raps Delhi govt Delhi breathless again as city catches a cold
Marlene Weaver | 07 December, 2017, 05:17

But the United States embassy website on Monday urged Delhi residents to "avoid all outdoor exertion" as concentrations of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants known as PM2.5 soared to hazardous levels.

On the field, it was another good day for the dasher as he scored another half-century - a solid 67 - in the second innings of the third and final Test at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla.

India pacer Mohammed Shami on Monday said the pollution level was not as high as was made out by Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan interim coach Nic Pothas had later claimed that match referee David Boon had seen Suranga Lakmal and Dhananjaya De Silva vomiting when he paid a visit to the team's dressing room. "If I allowed them to go, I am setting a precedent here", he added.

"There aren't too many rules regarding pollution. They are sitting like nothing has happened".

"It is definitely a first of its kind", said one commentator on the official television broadcast. Pollution levels in Delhi usually remain in the "very poor" category during December.

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The spurt in pollutants was caused by a combination of meteorological factors including a drop in temperature, wind speed and mixing height, a layer where air and particulates float, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said. "People are now used to bearing the problem".

Many Indian fans echoed similar frustrations online, accusing the touring side of being melodramatic. The Indian team decided against wearing anti-pollution masks when it took the field. It is time the ICC comes up with a policy on pollution. Doctors warn that competitive exercise during severe pollution can trigger asthma attacks, worsen lung conditions and increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The left-hander emphasised, "If you are playing in Delhi at some other point of time, the pollution won't affect you".

Authorities in Delhi have in recent years closed power plants temporarily and experimented with taking some cars off the road but the measures have had little effect.

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